Apple and IBM Team Up to Push iOS in the Enterprise | Re/code

Apple and IBM today announced a broad partnership to help companies deploy wireless devices and business-specific applications to run on them.

The combination brings together two historical competitors — who decades ago struggled to dominate the nascent market for personal computers — on the next wave of computing in business: Mobile devices with access to complex data running in the cloud.

In an interview with Re/code at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., Apple CEO Tim Cook and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty described the tie-up as one that only the two companies could deliver.

“If you were building a puzzle they would fit nicely together with no overlap,” Cook said of the relationship. “We do not compete on anything. And when you do that you end up with something better than either of you could produce yourself.”

Calling Apple the “gold standard for consumers,” Rometty said the team-up will allow the two giants to address significant opportunities facing large businesses. “We will get to remake professions and unlock value that companies don’t yet have,” she said. “We’re addressing serious issues that before this had been inhibiting deployment of wireless in the enterprise.”

Apple and IBM Team Up to Push iOS in the Enterprise | Re/code

Apple and IBM today announced a broad partnership to help companies deploy wireless devices and business-specific applications to run on them.

The combination brings together two historical competitors — who decades ago struggled to dominate the nascent market for personal computers — on the next wave of computing in business: Mobile devices with access to complex data running in the cloud.

In an interview with Re/code at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., Apple CEO Tim Cook and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty described the tie-up as one that only the two companies could deliver.

“If you were building a puzzle they would fit nicely together with no overlap,” Cook said of the relationship. “We do not compete on anything. And when you do that you end up with something better than either of you could produce yourself.”

Calling Apple the “gold standard for consumers,” Rometty said the team-up will allow the two giants to address significant opportunities facing large businesses. “We will get to remake professions and unlock value that companies don’t yet have,” she said. “We’re addressing serious issues that before this had been inhibiting deployment of wireless in the enterprise.”

Online shoe retailer Zappos is experiencing a surge sales from customers using Android-based smartphones. 
Recognizing the importance of designing platform-specific experiences for its native apps, the company devotes a separate team for iOS and Android. Each team consists of fans of that specific device and their expertise leads to more appropriate executions. Examples of Android-specific features:
 a widget that tracks a shipment on your home screen without having to open up the app, log-in and find the item.
 a smartphone screensaver that displays the time and weather on top of a Zappos product matched to the current weather.
(via Zappos sees Android conversions on the rise with catered UI - Mobile Commerce Daily - Strategy)

Online shoe retailer Zappos is experiencing a surge sales from customers using Android-based smartphones. 

Recognizing the importance of designing platform-specific experiences for its native apps, the company devotes a separate team for iOS and Android. Each team consists of fans of that specific device and their expertise leads to more appropriate executions. Examples of Android-specific features:

  •  a widget that tracks a shipment on your home screen without having to open up the app, log-in and find the item.
  •  a smartphone screensaver that displays the time and weather on top of a Zappos product matched to the current weather.

(via Zappos sees Android conversions on the rise with catered UI - Mobile Commerce Daily - Strategy)

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Windshield-mounted device makes fast food payments even quicker
Physical wallets are gradually disappearing as new technologies enable consumers to pay through more automatic methods, and we’ve even previously seen companies such as Uniqul hint at cash and card-less payments with facial recognition. Although we’re not quite there yet, a new innovation called iDriveThru could enable hands-free fast food payments using RFID car windshield tags. READ MORE…

Windshield-mounted device makes fast food payments even quicker

Physical wallets are gradually disappearing as new technologies enable consumers to pay through more automatic methods, and we’ve even previously seen companies such as Uniqul hint at cash and card-less payments with facial recognition. Although we’re not quite there yet, a new innovation called iDriveThru could enable hands-free fast food payments using RFID car windshield tags. READ MORE…

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Band releases single through the star sign Aquarius
With digital downloads becoming music fans’ format of choice, it’s no wonder we’ve seen ideas such as DIY cardboard turntables and albums embedded in chopping boards attempt to revitalize physical sales. However, others are striving to prove that mp3 releases can be just as imaginative — like British electronic band Metronomy, which is encouraging its fans to use an astrology app to unlock its latest single I’m Aquarius. READ MORE…

Band releases single through the star sign Aquarius

With digital downloads becoming music fans’ format of choice, it’s no wonder we’ve seen ideas such as DIY cardboard turntables and albums embedded in chopping boards attempt to revitalize physical sales. However, others are striving to prove that mp3 releases can be just as imaginative — like British electronic band Metronomy, which is encouraging its fans to use an astrology app to unlock its latest single I’m Aquarius. READ MORE…

smartercities:

Unlock Your Bike With Your Phone, With This Smartphone-Controlled U-Lock | FastCompany
Created by electrical engineer Mehrdad Majzoobi, the BitLock is purportedly the first keyless bike lock tailored to the peer-to-peer bikesharing community, where the ability to easily grant someone else access to a bike is paramount. 

smartercities:

Unlock Your Bike With Your Phone, With This Smartphone-Controlled U-Lock | FastCompany

Created by electrical engineer Mehrdad Majzoobi, the BitLock is purportedly the first keyless bike lock tailored to the peer-to-peer bikesharing community, where the ability to easily grant someone else access to a bike is paramount. 

Companies that provide social-mobile-data in the cloud to knowledge workers have the competitive advantage over companies that don’t.

As we get better at security, encryption and protection of corporate and personal assets in the cloud there is no reason not to enable everyone to have access. Unlocking knowledge and freeing up innovation from “cul-de-sacs” improves time to market and the bottom line.

 Beverly Macy4 Big Trends in 2014 — Social/Mobile/Data in the Cloud |

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It’s an exciting time in the payments industry. There are several hundred million people in the U.S. walking around with plastic in their wallets. Developers are now poised to build and launch a wide range of promising new applications to super-charge these cards. Game on!

In China, taxi passengers bid tips to secure a ride home
Booking a taxi can be an arduous process – cars may not be available, and if they are operators may drive a hard bargain, especially at busy times. While frequent cab users can take advantage of Taxmobil‘s monthly subscription service, those who wanting to use their spending power to ensure a ride home can now take advantage of China’s Didi Dache app, which gets passengers to bid a higher tip to increase the likelihood of securing a cab. READ MORE…

In China, taxi passengers bid tips to secure a ride home

Booking a taxi can be an arduous process – cars may not be available, and if they are operators may drive a hard bargain, especially at busy times. While frequent cab users can take advantage of Taxmobil‘s monthly subscription service, those who wanting to use their spending power to ensure a ride home can now take advantage of China’s Didi Dache app, which gets passengers to bid a higher tip to increase the likelihood of securing a cab. READ MORE…

Streaming Data for Mobile Devices with IBM SmartCloud and SoftLayer
A company that transforms how real-time information is processed, published and consumed on mobile devices, Flow, Inc, will stream its data using technology from SoftLayer, which was acquired today by IBM. Clients will be able to send and receive data from any mobile device that is integrated with enterprise data, thereby enabling the collaboration essential to a Social Business.
Via IBM News room  IBM Closes Acquisition of SoftLayer Technologies
photo via  Flow Inc

Streaming Data for Mobile Devices with IBM SmartCloud and SoftLayer

A company that transforms how real-time information is processed, published and consumed on mobile devices, Flow, Inc, will stream its data using technology from SoftLayer, which was acquired today by IBM. Clients will be able to send and receive data from any mobile device that is integrated with enterprise data, thereby enabling the collaboration essential to a Social Business.

Via IBM News room  IBM Closes Acquisition of SoftLayer Technologies

photo via  Flow Inc

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